FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) Wes Welker told reporters he was only joking when he said after Sunday's game that he enjoyed catching 13 passes against the Denver Broncos to ``stick it'' in coach Bill Belichick's face.
Welker made a rare Monday appearance in the locker room during media availability to straighten things out.
``It was a joke,'' Welker said. ``I don't know what else to say about it.''
Welker did not start in three games so far this season after unsuccessful negotiations on a long-term deal, leading to speculation that Belichick was upset with him over the negotiations.
After catching 13 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Broncos, he told Comcast SportsNet with a wink, ``Yeah it's kind of nice to stick it in Bill's face once in a while.''
But he said on Monday that he has a good relationship with Belichick.